Power at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington County was restored early Saturday morning after an outage prompted the evacuation of guests and non-essential workers Friday night.
A vehicle accident caused a 2,500-volt wire to fall in the vicinity of the casino, which triggered a surge at 6:10 p.m. and a power outage, said Sean Sullivan, vice president and general manager of the casino.
A vehicle crashed into a utility pole on a road near the racetrack and damaged the pole's transmission circuit, prompting a fuse to blow at the racetrack, said Chuck Jackson, a spokesman for West Penn Power.
Power was restored to 80 percent of the facility within minutes of the outage through the casino's backup generators, but a critical component -- the surveillance system -- was severely damaged, "which meant we could not see any of the gaming activities or behaviors on the casino floor, and according to Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board regulations we could not operate the casino," Mr. Sullivan said.
The casino re-opened at 3:20 a.m. after hours of investigation and repair of the systems.
People who had been waiting patiently outside went back in to start gambling, casino officials said.
"We are in guest service mode," Mr. Sullivan said Saturday, "in the process of reaching out to people who were there making sure they didn't lose any credits or value when they were asked to leave the property."
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